Mopar fans around the world are celebrating the dominance of the Mopar muscle cars at the Mecum’s mega auction. They rules the auction block in Kissimmee.
Mecum’s mega auction was held in Kissimmee, Florida last month, and during the 10 days of furious bidding, there were total sales of about $93 million.
There was everything, from pre-war cars to classic muscle cars and the latest supercars. Some people went to the auction for the opportunity to buy top level muscle cars, while others went there just to witness this big event.
So, as the final gavel fell, it can be agreed that those who were present have experienced the most spectacular event of its kind in the collector car kingdom.
Among the collectors who took part in the Mecum Auction sale there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this was the greatest muscle car show of all time. More important, there is a sense here that finally collectors are seeing prices return to pre-recession levels like those before 2008, especially on top quality Mopar muscle cars.
The real highlight at the auction was a pair of Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertibles. There were two of them in the same place and both were up for sale. The convertible E-body Barracudas built by Plymouth for 1970 and ’71 and equipped with the legendary 426 Hemi engine are considered as blue chips of the muscle car world, due to the limited number and Chrysler’s decision after ’71 to stop using the 426 Hemi in road cars. Like many notable extreme-demand vehicles, Hemi-powered Chrysler E-body convertibles were produced during a small window of time, 1970-1971, and even then in very limited quantities. Today, a variety of factors have pushed these cars into the multimillion-dollar range.
The yellow example, one of the five Hemi 4-speed convertibles ever produced, a 1970 model, was sold for $2,675,000. It was the highest grossing vehicle at the auction. Coming as no surprise, the white 1971 example was the second highest grossing vehicle, and it was sold for the price of $2,300,000. Another star of the auction was a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. The car was in a very poor condition, but because of its rarity and numbers matching quality, it was still expected to fetch between $150,000 and $180,000. The final bid came in at just $90,000.
Mecum Auctions, Top 5 sales
- 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, $2,675,000
- 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, $2,300,000
- 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible, $1,650,000
- 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, $950,000
- 1969 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T convertible, $625,000
Below, you can find videos for the TOP 3 Kissimmee 2016 cars.